Everything You Need to Understand Before Implementing CSPM

by Sudarsan

Cloud security is vital as all data is stored in the cloud, and you are not in full control. As a part of security measures, cloud service providers offer a collection of security measures designed to protect cloud infrastructure, data, and applications. Here, you will understand what is a CSPM and its role in improving cloud security.

Understanding CSPM

CSPM stands for Cloud Security Posture Management. It refers to an advanced security approach to identify and remediate risks across cloud infrastructures like SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS.

How Does It Work?

Cloud Security Posture Management offers Misconfiguration Management and Remediation, Discovery and Visibility, and continuous threat detection.

Discovery and Visibility

CSPM offers you complete visibility in the security configurations and the cloud infrastructure assets. It provides details of cloud resources through automated discovery tools.

With CSPM, you get complete details of security, networking, metadata, misconfigurations, and change activity across all cloud accounts. It allows you to manage security group policies across virtual networks, projects, accounts, and regions through a single console.

Misconfiguration Management and Remediation

CSMP decimates security risks and speeds up the delivery process by comparing your cloud security configuration with industrial security benchmarks. It helps in identifying and remedying violations in real-time. CSPM can detect unauthorized modifications, open IP ports, misconfigurations, and other issues related to cloud resources exploitation.

Continuous Threat Detection 

CSPM proactively works to detect threats in a multi-user cloud environment. It cuts through the noise of security alerts with targeted threat identification and management approach.

For example, it focuses on areas that hackers will probably take advantage of.  It identifies and prioritizes security loopholes in the cloud systems and stoops any dangerous code to reach the production stage that would put the system at risk.  The CSPM continuously monitors the cloud infrastructure for unauthorized activity, malicious activity, and unauthorized access.

Now that you have learned what is a CSPM, let’s know about the unique benefits it offers to the cloud environment.

Benefits of CSPM

Provides Unified Visibility

CSPM can manage the security of multiple cloud user environments. It removes the need to access multiple consoles and normalize data. CSPM can prevent accidental misconfigurations and stop vulnerabilities that can put entire systems at risk.

Reduce Alert Fatigue

IT administrators have to respond to every security alert they come across. Cloud infrastructure with thousands of security configurations can generate thousands of alerts based on the security rules applied.  It can lead to alert fatigue to IT administrators. CSPM makes life easy for IT administrators. It can eliminate false positives by using artificial intelligence and reduce the number of security alerts significantly. This, in turn, can improve the productivity of the security operation center staff. 

Continuously Monitor and Assess the Environment.

CSPM can continuously monitor and assess the cloud account to ensure adherence to compliance policies. If the security system detects any drift, it can take corrective measures automatically to ensure system compliance and safety of the data and systems.

To sum up, cloud security is an essential element in the cloud infrastructure. Unlike other cloud security technologies that only report attacks, CSPM automates everything from detection to thwarting the attack through AI’s sophisticated use.

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